SEATTLE, Washington — COVID-19 has swept across the globe and has exacerbated many of the issues that those living in poverty face. Education is more difficult to access, there is a higher demand for medical attention, people are losing their jobs or cannot get to them and access to food has become more scarce. In addition, the number of people living on under $1.90 has the potential to increase to as high as 580 million people as a result of the pandemic. Rihanna’s Fight Against COVID-19 is helping to mitigate some of those problems.
Rihanna’s Fight Against COVID-19
Thankfully, many celebrities have stepped up to the plate to help fight the effects of COVID-19, including Barbadian singer, actress and businesswoman Rihanna. In 2012, Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). Its aim is to sponsor innovative and impactful education and emergency response programs. Since its founding, Rihanna has donated to various organizations. CLF is involved in education programs in Malawi, Barbados and Senegal. It works with emergency response programs on a global scale. Rihanna has made a point to use her power as a celebrity to advocate for the betterment of the quality of life of young people across the world.
CLF tries to customize its programs as much as possible to address the needs of the local communities where the programs are implemented. At the same time, it is keeping a global mindset by setting long term goals and creating strategies. To do this effectively, it partners with local leaders, governments and a variety of corporations. In fact, on March 20, CLF announced that Rihanna had donated $5 million to various organizations working to fight against COVID-19, including “Direct Relief, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the International Rescue Committee.”
Rihanna and Nonprofit Organizations
Direct Relief is a nonprofit that mobilizes and provides medical equipment in the U.S. and internationally to those who are living in poverty or who have been affected by emergency situations. Partners in Health is a group attempting to secure healthcare for all and does so by directly providing medical care to marginalized groups and training local medical personnel around the globe, as well as influencing global health policy. The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is tracking the spread of COVID-19, supplying medical equipment, producing safety guidelines, and supporting efforts for vaccines and treatment. And finally, the International Rescue Committee is an international humanitarian aid and relief NGO.
With this generous donation, Rihanna and CLF hope to increase healthcare worker training, testing capacities and access to medical care, including respiratory supplies, in developing nations such as Haiti and Malwai, in addition to making more resources and support available for locals. On top of this, CLF donations will provide protective equipment to healthcare workers, help accelerate the research of vaccines and treatments and help to better maintain hospitals. Prevention of the further spread of the virus is also a primary concern.
Rihanna and Barbados
In addition to this, Rihanna has donated $700,000 worth of ventilators to Barbados, Rihanna’s home country. One went specifically to her father who had tested positive for COVID-19 in early April. Barbados is a Caribbean island that’s about two and half times as large as Washington D.C. Barbados has the highest GDP per capita in the Caribbean; however, poverty is still an issue there. In 2007, the poverty rate was 14%. Rihanna’s Fight Against COVID-19 is helping to improve the situation there and in other communities during difficult times.
– Elizabeth Davis